This module focuses on the legal concept of substitute decision making. It explores the various forms of substitute decision making that apply throughout Australia and discusses the specific laws as they relate to the Northern Territory.
This module provides definitions of the types of substitute decision making arrangements and discusses how different powers are used when assigning a substitute decision maker.
Substitute decision makers must have a good understanding of and respect for the wishes of those they are making decisions for. They are required to act when the person they are making decisions for is incapable of making their own decisions and they must consider the wishes of the person they are acting on behalf of.
This module is recommended for people providing nursing care to people in acute and non-acute settings. It is useful as a refresher for those familiar with the various substitute decision making arrangements or as an introduction to anyone without prior knowledge of the relevant medico-legal concepts in the health care environment.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: